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Miami Hurricanes: Punter U?

Zach Feagles has more than his Father’s Legacy to Live up to

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With three starting punters in the NFL, it’s safe to say Miami has an argument to be called “Punter U.” Matt Bosher, Pat O’Donnell, and Justin Vogel were Miami graduates in the last 7 years. Each of them are firmly entrenched for their respective teams. Current Miami punter Zach Feagles is trying to live up to this recent history in addition to his father’s NFL career. Given Miami’s history at producing great punters, the pressure is on Feagles to improve heading into year 2. Feagles’ max potential can be compared to what Bosher, O’Donnell, and Vogel are doing in the NFL right now.

Matt Bosher

Bosher graduated from Miami in 2011. He was a sixth round pick to the Atlanta Falcons. His career average per punt is 45.8 yards and 40% of his punts land inside the 20 yard line. Bosher has a huge leg but he’s also very accurate. He’s extremely durable, having missed one game in his NFL career.

Bosher is also a hardnosed tackler. In this clip, Bosher has a memorable horse collar tackle as well as a blatant shoving of the other team’s assistant coach. It’s not a dirty play. It’s Matt Bosher showing extreme toughness. Not a lot of kickers in NFL history have the moxie to kick ass in the same way.

There’s something sexy about this Matt Bosher punt. Extremely high hang time and difficult placement.

Bosh mic’d up. You need to have this guy on your team.

Pat O’Donnell

O’Donnell came to the Chicago Bears from Miami in 2014 by way of a 6th round pick. In 4 seasons, he’s missed just one game. His career average is 44.9 yards per punt while 33 percent of his kicks land inside the 20. O’Donnell is a beast at 6’4 220 pounds. His strength is his leg.

Here is Pat O’Donnell’s infamous 71 yard punt that went out inside the 5 yard line. Miami fans are hoping Zach Feagles can do something similar.

Like I said, O’Donnell has an incredible kicking leg. He recently had a career year in terms of average per punt at 47 yards.

Justin Vogel

The other Miami alum kicker is Justin Vogel. Vogel is still a baby having recorded only one year in the league. He’s a consistent player but not pro-bowl worthy yet. Vogel was undrafted and played last year for Green Bay, where he averaged 44.4 yards per punt and a 26.6 percentage inside the 20. Vogel currently plays for the Cleveland Browns.

Vogel showing great accuracy playing at Miami.

Vogel is a great punter if anything because he shows an ability to improve year to year. In 2015 for Miami, he averaged 42.5 yards per punt. In 2016 for Miami, he averaged 43.8 yards per punt. For the Packers in 2017, he improved to nearly 45 yards per punt.

There weren’t a lot of highlights from Feagles’ freshman season. He averaged just 38.1 yards per kick. But then again Feagles was a true freshman. O’Donnell and Bosh are all-pro level punters. But what we’re hoping for is improvement starting with the yards per kick. To show the ability to improve like Justin Vogel. Around 42 yards per punt would be a huge improvement.

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Who’s the best Miami Punter All-Time?

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